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Belconnen Burglaries and how to prevent them – BCC May Forum

By Damien Haas - 13 May 2011 31

Belconnen is one of Canberra’s largest urban areas with over 91,000 residents – and growing. Sadly, one aspect of all societies is crime and even family friendly Belconnen is not immune from it. One of the most common crimes in Canberra is burglary and in April 2011 the Australian Federal Police reported 38 burglaries in the Belconnen area. Last year Belconnen residents suffered from 563 burglaries – the highest of any area in the ACT.

Not only is it a very common crime, but burglary is also a very difficult crime to solve. The latest AFP Annual Report shows that there were 5097 burglaries reported across all of Canberra in 2010 with a clear-up rate of only 7%. As well as showing that Belconnen is over represented in this crime statistic, it means that the chance of you recovering your valuables is quite low. Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity so there are some measures the homeowner can take to reduce their chances of appearing on the crime statistics.

At the May Forum of the Belconnen Community Council, the burglary problem will be explored. Our first speaker will be from the AFP’s ACT Police who will place the crime and burglary statistics into perspective and advise on the strategies and methods that the AFP are using to address crime in Belconnen, and in particular household burglaries. They will also provide some advice on how to make sure your home is not attractive to burglars. We will then hear from Neighbourhood Watch on how they operate and how you can become involved in helping to prevent crime in your street. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. If you are concerned about this issue we urge you to attend.

7.30pm, Community Room 1, 17 May 2011
Upstairs Belconnen Library, Chandler Street

All residents of Belconnen are invited to attend our forums.

Damien Haas
Belconnen Community Council

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Belconnen Burglaries and how to prevent them – BCC May Forum
bethybobs 3:41 am 15 May 11

My flat got burgled within the last too weeks and I am not sure deadlocking the windows would have helped they used hedge clippers stolen from the house out front to break the window and climb in. Perhaps an alarm or security screens might have worked… but we cant have a dog in this rental property.
I think some sort of neighbourhood watch thing might have helped. The neighbours apparently saw the thieves leaving but by then it was too late.

Thumper 6:56 pm 14 May 11

Deadlock your doors and windows and buy a dog.

I’ve deadlocked my dog and tomorrow I shall buy a door!

The Frots 6:56 pm 14 May 11

Tooks said :

damien haas said :

It is worth downloading the AFP Annual report, its a fascinating read. It is interesting that effectively the ACT Government ‘hire’ a police force. Maybe the producivity commission will recommend opening up the process to other bidders one day!

The process has been open to other bidders. IRRC, NSW Police were waaaay too expensive to get the gig.

Really? I thought it was exclusive to the ACT Policing Component part of the original 1979 deal that saw the amalgamation between ACT Police, The Commonwealth Police and the defunct Narcotics Bureau. Could be wrong of course (I recall being wrong in 1985 – terrible experience) but happy to better understand what ‘deals’ we have in place.

Any ideas Tooks?

bd84 6:01 pm 14 May 11

Deadlock your doors and windows and buy a dog.

Tooks 5:17 pm 14 May 11

damien haas said :

It is worth downloading the AFP Annual report, its a fascinating read. It is interesting that effectively the ACT Government ‘hire’ a police force. Maybe the producivity commission will recommend opening up the process to other bidders one day!

The process has been open to other bidders. IRRC, NSW Police were waaaay too expensive to get the gig.

Pommy bastard 2:37 pm 14 May 11

georgesgenitals said :

Catch them in the act and break their legs in multiple places. Theives are scum anyway.

No they are not!

They all come from broken families and were abused and beaten and bullied as kids. What they need is understanding and counselling. We should give them self esteem courses, pay for them to have good houses and supportive social workers, and raised benefits for teh purchase of drugs and alcohol. We need to take away the stigma of being thieving scum. We should from now on refer to them as “non-domicile item reappropriation interventionists”.

Nope, on second thoughts, let’s just break their legs .

damien haas 11:47 am 14 May 11

I summed the stats from all of the AFP ‘areas’ across the ACT that they have created to allocate policing resources.

I used a few sources for stats, primarily the AFP website – but its abstruse and requires multiple webpages open and switching back and forth. I also downloaded the AFP ACT Policing Annual report and read through that. i forget which appendix the crime stats are in, but the numbers are there. I hope I havent got my numbers wrong, but i did try to just limit the numbers to burglaries and it was difficult to seperate out ‘other thefts’ etc.

I never relised how much petty crime there was untill i looked at the numbers.

It is worth downloading the AFP Annual report, its a fascinating read. It is interesting that effectively the ACT Government ‘hire’ a police force. Maybe the producivity commission will recommend opening up the process to other bidders one day!

Jethro 10:45 am 14 May 11

I have a question about your numbers. You say Belconnen had 563 burglaries last year, which was the highest in the ACT. You then say say that there were 5097 burglaries in all of Canberra last year. I can’t see how those figures can correlate? I’m working on the assumption of 6 or 7 ‘areas’.

(I’m not trying to have a go at you… I’m just a bit confused.)

The Frots 10:28 am 14 May 11

georgesgenitals said :

Catch them in the act and break their legs in multiple places. Theives are scum anyway.

And, realistically, that is probably the best deterent of all. It’s the one I prescribe to!

georgesgenitals 10:04 am 14 May 11

Catch them in the act and break their legs in multiple places. Theives are scum anyway.

The Frots 8:11 am 14 May 11

Hosinator said :

Get

The Frots said :

Hey Damien – good luck with the forum, I think it’s vital that we have some innovative and practical approaches to reducing these burglaries.

Why do you have to be innovative?
Get a home alarm, lock away lawnmowers etc and you are fine.

Every home I move to I install and alarm and have never been broken into. It’s the simplest deterrent around.

It’s the bigger picture stuff, not the issue of what each house does. Buy a dog – does the same thing. But on a broader perspective, as a community, always good to have a crime reduction strategy that works.

TAD 8:07 am 14 May 11

I believe a particular education institution with sh!tty security might be cause of the spike.

Stats without a context are pretty useless.

Hosinator 11:02 pm 13 May 11

Get

The Frots said :

Hey Damien – good luck with the forum, I think it’s vital that we have some innovative and practical approaches to reducing these burglaries.

Why do you have to be innovative?
Get a home alarm, lock away lawnmowers etc and you are fine.

Every home I move to I install and alarm and have never been broken into. It’s the simplest deterrent around.

Chop71 12:23 pm 13 May 11

According to this http://www.police.act.gov.au/community-safety/crime-statistics.aspx Belconnen is one of the safer areas of Canberra

The Frots 10:02 am 13 May 11

Hey Damien – good luck with the forum, I think it’s vital that we have some innovative and practical approaches to reducing these burglaries.

Also consider that while a lot of them are ‘opportunistic’, there is a growing trend here that includes groups or clusters of younf offenders who are actively ‘casing’ whole streets, not just individual houses, for the opportunity to break in. Instead of doing over one house, they may knock over 5 in the same street at the same time.

In your forum, consider this new type of approach and just what can be done about it. Crime reduction principals are generally generic but with some innovation and creativity, the forum may be able to discuss a new approach to combating this. For example, stronger ‘neighbourhood watch’ programs – or a broading of the old ‘safe-house’ to include a ‘watch out for your neighbours’ (just an example).

Good luck with it – and please let us know how it goes and what ideas you develop.

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